One of the model railway clubs I'm involved with has a fair size club layout, it's double deck with helix between the levels The layout has a dedicated signalling position that the controller sits and has control of all the main line points on the layout"CTC" Opperators request the route they want and the idea is the CTC wil let them know if they can proceed and throw the points etc. last year we started a modernisation program and part of this was to update the Controler/signal persons control panel and provide the CTC tower yes it really is a tower up above the layout with CCTV of all the layout and a new Control panel. The old panel being 15 plus years old has many intermittent issues due to some previous repairs dodgy soldering and it looks like was a temporary get trains running effort and we'll do it later property etc etc. A member of the club who is in the defence forces started the project some time ago and made up nice etched plastic panel however due to "active service commitments" he has been unavailable for some time So silly I said ok I'll finish it off. Was duely given the panel so what dose it need everything 31 point switches 62 LED indicator lights for the points And 6 power districts isolation's on a seperate panel. Luckily all the yards have local control panels that would have been another 50 plus points The plastic etched panel was very thin so needed a backing more work Top level mainline plan Club control panel replacement nice new panel won't have wiring like the old one by CHRIS, on Flickr Bottom level mainline Club control panel replacement nice new panel won't have wiring like the old one by CHRIS, on Flickr What's involved so far just in the backing plate 186 drilling events pilot hole main hole, All marked out Club control panel replacement nice new panel won't have wiring like the old one by CHRIS, on Flickr 31 switches each has 2 nuts and washers per item=124 actions, next 62 LED's each has a Bessel =124 actions to install the led's STDP switches to control Tortis motors 6 posts = 186 solder joints just for the point switching then add LED route lights 2 for each point another 155 soldering events wow the numbers are stacking up here. 589 individual events so far not counting striping insulation for each wire cutting heat shrink etc. The there's the connectors between the panel and consol. It will all be worth it in the end the old panel will be gone and the new panel should be easy for anyone to use as all is Clear no hand written numbers or lines And no wiring like this Club control panel replacement nice new panel won't have wiring like the old one by CHRIS, on Flickr Now the layout train control is DCC But the CTC is traditional DC style when a dozen people are asking you turn points you don't want to be pressing a sequence of address # As modern as it gets in Australian modelling this loco was released during 2015 as the prototype was under trial before entering service, I saw it on trial whilst driving to the hobby shop and as I walked in the owner was unpacking a box and there it was, it must have been fate, so it came home with me. A scene on the club layout Upper Hunter Model Railway with SSR and CF wheat train by CHRIS, on Flickr Will update over the next few days I want to have it installed this week as the club is hosting another local group for a running session on Thursday.